By Ria Patel
St. Mary’s freshman Sadhika Ganguli publishes her book pieces. Read more to learn about what inspired her, how she did it, and her advice to future St. Mary’s writers.
On Oct. 11, St. Mary’s own freshman Sadhika Ganguli released her first book, titled “pieces.”
“I guess you could call it a journal, but in poetry form,” says Sadhika. “[Writing it] just really gave me an outlet to share and to express myself,” she says.
When asked what inspired her to write a book, Sadhika says it all began when she launched an art and poetry Instagram account dedicated to the same purpose: to share and express herself. “I originally started on Jul. 28 with my @thoughtful.sadhika Instagram account,’” Sadhika explains. At first, it was just a fun way to share her poems, thoughts, and feelings with students who were interested, but it slowly grew into more than merely a side passion.
“I am really happy to say that there are now over two hundred followers; I’ve gotten a lot of support,” Sadhika says. As the poetry account grew, she felt she needed to take the next step.
“[The account’s success] inspired me to just do something big,” she says. So, she stepped out of her comfort zone and wrote a book — something she thought that she’d never do, especially as a teenager.
“I published a book, and I feel as if I may be source of inspiration for others,” Sadhika continues, explaining that one of the most rewarding parts of being an author are her fans and supporters.
“There are so many people that have come to me, that have DMed me, that have emailed me, that have texted me saying that my work has inspired them to become a better person and to write their own things,” she says.
When asked what advice she would offer to St. Mary’s students aspiring to follow their own dreams, she says, “people are going to convince you that you are incapable, but once you surpass that barrier, the sky is the limit.”
In the meantime though, you can purchase Sadhika’s book here or even check it out at the St. Mary’s Library.